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May 2013

An e-mail is doing the rounds purporting to be from the Inland Revenue, offering you a rebate and asking for personal and banking details which would allow the criminals to access your bank account. This is a scam: NEVER reveal card or account details to senders of unsolicited e-mails.

Report it. If you have been scammed, or you think someone has tried to scam you, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit

Get advice. The Citizens Advice Consumer Service 08454 04 05 06 can provide advice and pass details of rogue traders to Trading Standards.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here:

Regards, David Aylett, County NHW Administrator, Neighbourhood Watch


3 May 2012

We have been made aware of new scam you will recieve a phone call from someone claiming to be from a banks fraud department.They will tell you that your card has been used in a fraudulent transaction and they need the card back so they can refund your money and if the cards are not given to the courier you will not recieve the money back.A male will then turn on your door step shortly to collect and show ID do not give any card information.Banks do not ask for cards back and always say to destroy by cutting up if you recieve any phone call contact the police on the non emergeny number 101 or 999 if they attend your address

David Braisher, Police Community Volunteer, Neighbourhood Watch, Email:

Don’t Become a Victim of Burglary

There has been a big increase in the number of burglaries in the lead up to Christmas. This sorry state of affairs, causing misery to the families involved, occurred here in Redbourn as well as the rest of St Albans District. Despite our warning in December’s issue, a lot of people were still caught out by the burglars because they did not heed advice and make it appear as though their property was occupied during twilight hours before they got home. If you are one such household that has not yet taken notice of the advice, then please do yourself a favour and take simple basic preventative action so that you don’t fall victim to what can be a life changing experience for some.

Take a look at the ‘Virtual House’ which you can explore to discover advice on how to keep safe and secure. The ‘house’ can be accessed HERE

If you have information about these crimes, no matter how trivial you think it is, then telephone Police on 0845 3300 222 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

Going Away?

If you are going on holiday or your house is going to be unoccupied for any reason – business trips, or a stay in hospital for example – then it is sensible to tell a trusted neighbour. They could perhaps be given a key to check on security round the back; clear mail and papers; return wheelie bins to their normal storage position; ask then to do anything that may that may prevent an unwanted visitor from thinking that you are away. And give them a telephone number where you can be contacted in case of an emergency. Remember – Neighbourhood Watch is all about looking after yourself and your property and keeping a watch out for your neighbours. Please do all that you can to win the fight against the burglar.

Barry Welch, Neighbourhood Watch Ward Coordinator for Redbourn

Tel 01582 626443 or Email

Local Police Meeting

At a recent meeting with local police sergeant, Mark Andrews, I asked; "What could Neighbourhood Watch do to help our local police teams?"

I expected a list of suggestions but the response I received was not what I anticipated - "report suspicious activity" said Sgt. Andrews.

Just three simple words that summed up what Neighbourhood Watch can do to help police.

We do ... don't we? When a crime has been committed and police are investigating they may call upon residents nearby and ask if they saw anything suspicious.

Surprisingly the answer is all too often that they did see something and thought it was a bit dodgy, but didn't want to waste police time as they might be busy.

There are countless crimes that could have been prevented or indeed caught in progress had someone who thought "it looked a bit dodgy" reported it to police.

Let's not worry about disturbing the police and be more concerned about disturbing those committing crimes.

Some people don't think twice about calling the fire brigade out to a cat up a tree, so why are we worried about wasting police time?

The truth is, we are not wasting police time and they would genuinely prefer be called out based on someone thinking they are witnessing something out of the unusual.

Equally they would be happier to come out to a call from someone who feels that something is not quite right, rather than having to investigate a crime that could have been prevented had that call been made at the time.

Even if it is a false alarm - you are NOT wasting police time. Don't judge whether it is important, call the police.

They will not judge you for calling with real concerns.

For more about contacting the police and which number to use click here or see

Regards, Peter Yexley, Community Coordinator, Neighbourhood Watch


Use of 112, also see below.

FOLLOWING several enquiries to Hertfordshire Constabulary about an email being circulated to personal and home email addresses, police are reminding mobile phones users that dialling 112 is exactly the same as calling 999 - with no special additional features.

The email makes several suggestions around the use of the European emergency services number 112. Herts Police would like to clarify:

- The 999 number should always be dialed in an emergency, when life is in danger, or a crime is in progress. For all other calls use the Hertfordshire non-emergency number 0845 33 00 222.

- 112 does work to connect to 999, in case European visitors use it in a hurry (it being their equivalent), but it does not ‘override' UK 999 calls.

- You would still need reception on your mobile phone to be connected to an operator.

- 112 does not enable police to pinpoint the callers position.

For information on how to contact your local policing team, please visit and click on ‘Safer Neighbourhoods'.

Regards, Alli Dewar, Police Community Support Officer, Neighbourhood Watch


See also Below.

Dear Neighbourhood Watch Members

When calling the police...

Say you are from Neighbourhood Watch ALWAYS ask for a log number Ask for feedback if you want any

Please always tell your coordinator after calling the police and give them the log number. This will test the resolve of the police to improve their service to NHW members.

A reminder of some important Police numbers. Keep handy or store in your mobile.


Non Emergency 0845 33 00 222

PC Christine Clayton 07736 225305 When on duty, or leave message.

Ken Lane (St Albans Police NHW Liaison Officer) 01727 769087

Barry Welch (Redbourn Ward NHW Coordinator) 01582 626443

Rob McIntosh (Redbourn Locality Coordinator) 01582 627169

Colin Rouse 01582 794055

Redbourn NW representatives - can take your concerns direct to senior police officers

Stella Brimblecombe, Watch Liaison Officer, Neighbourhood Watch
Email:, Tel: 01727 796087

Neighbourhood Watch is undergoing a major government review. NW member streets will get priority. There will be a new alert system which will send you specific local information about crime in your area by email, text or voice mail. Your coordinator will be telling you about this later in the year.

Watch this space for important new developments from Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiative ever. Getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime, and encourage community spirit. Neighbourhood Watch is all about looking out for each other. It is people doing what probably used to happen naturally and in some cases probably still does. It means that dozens of eyes and ears are ready to pick up on anything happening in the neighbourhood that could cause worry and concern. It's about being a good neighbour and caring about your community.

Since my local group was formed last year, I have definitely seen a stronger community spirit as people get to know each other and look out for one another, and I have felt as if I live in a community again, and am not just another anonymous neighbour. We have addressed issues like vandalism, mischievous kids, poor lighting, car crime, and traffic issues, as well as becoming more aware of security measures to protect our homes and their contents. We have also got to know PC 548 Christine Clayton, Community Police Constable,.

Being a neighbourhood watch co-ordinator in a group takes very little time and effort and can have great benefits for everyone. It’s very rewarding to feel like you are playing an important role in the local community and it’s a good way for new people in the village to get acquainted with village life. If everyone does something, however small, it really makes a difference.

Contrary to popular belief, the Police are interested in all crimes, and, even if they cannot solve a particular case, calling to report a crime helps them build up a picture, which may lead to more action being taken, or assist in solving other crimes. All suspicious activities can also be reported to your neighbourhood watch co-ordinator who can pass it on to the police. Our circulating of information is the last thing criminals want, as it makes their lives more difficult.



The Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is for everyone and the more we open up our existing friendly line of communication in our village the less we will come under fire from theft and damage to our cars and properties, and worse still, personal attack. Get the stickers in your windows and tell your neighbours when you are going on holiday. Mine ensured the free papers were not left poking out of my letterbox – simple ways of preventing those signs that the house is unattended.

The bonuses of living in a village as opposed to a town are many, but we do not want the message to get out to burglars that we are vulnerable in any way. Let’s step up our own vigilance and make sure we report issues to the Police. Remember we pay for Police service every month in our council tax, in our national taxes, and also a proportion of what we pay to County Hall is re-invested in Policing. The Police are there to serve us and not merely record crime or just to give a crime number, but uphold the law. We have a right to expect the Police to detect a fair proportion of reported crime and a detection rate of less than 25% is unacceptable.

The June Police meeting was well attended and the burglaries that had happened just days before prompted more of us to make the effort to go. Having experienced similar crimes myself, it is very unsettling especially when you have children in the house. We have to make certain the Police take us seriously and hear our complaints. Yes, the meeting was a PR exercise for the Police but also a genuine desire for the Police to recapture our confidence and encourage and support our existing and increasing Neighbourhood Watch Schemes. There was also a useful collection of leaflets and information that many of you took to circulate to friends and neighbours.

We also heard about SAFE that is actively helping the elderly in our village. This countrywide Home Security Service aims to address and combat crime issues by providing a homes security service, free of charge to those who qualify. This service can range from the fitting of security measures –such as locks, door chains, spy holes, and smoke detectors – to provide expert advice on how to stay safe and secure in your home. If you know of anyone in your street who could use this help, starting with a visit from the Crime Prevention Team, please get in touch (60 or over, single parents, vulnerable or housebound).

We are lucky we have a few really helpful Community Police Officers that are approachable. They are a Police resource for which the Police Authority expects communities to contribute to their salaries that our village and many other villages like us cannot afford and these officers have a right to expect our support. However, communication and maximising use of these officers must be a two-way thing the village grapevine is a fantastic source of information, lets make good use of it. Yes, we need to tell our friends and neighbours when something happens but we need to tell the Police too -as the very little bit of information you may personally know may be the vital piece of the jigsaw they are working on to result in an arrest.

Stats are quoted in various articles and papers and can be frustrating, as many of us know how these are played with in all sorts of ways! However what I liked hearing was that those areas in the country that have active Neighbourhood Watch schemes the crime figures are lower –is that a coincidence…I think not! We can work with the Police to get those crime figures down and to make our village safer.

We are all busy people and often assume when we see a stranger acting suspiciously or a different car parked in the street that somebody else would report it –guess what -they don’t! If you don’t feel like reporting it to the Police, then tell your Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. A lot of us use emails now and the instant sharing of vital information via this media is excellent, so if you have had a request to join the growing circulation list please consider it.

We are very fortunate as a village to have Tony Swendell as our Independent Councillor. Tony is active on our behalf, attending Community Safety Meetings and plays an active role with various co-ordinators in the district, as well as the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators. Rob McIntosh the Redbourn Locality Coordinator and Barry Welch the Redbourn Ward Coordinator are both working hard on our behalf and welcome our assistance.

The Neighbourhood Watch Scheme needs YOU!

Please contact your Ward Co-ordinator Barry Welch on: 01582 626443


Barry says ‘I would encourage and welcome any enquiries from village residents interested in our aims. You may contact me as the Redbourn Ward Coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch and I will liaise with existing and future co-ordinators for the various street schemes’.

Annie Manning

In association with Redbourn Ward Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Barry Welch

See Also Neighbourhood Watch Alerts and Community Group

Special Constables

Do you want to put something back into the community or find out first hand what it is like being a police officer? You could not get a more rewarding opportunity as a volunteer to improve the quality of life within your own community. As a Special Constable you will get to deal with a wide variety of challenges and develop a huge range of skills.

With full police powers and the same uniforms as regular officers - the only difference is that Specials are voluntary. They play a very valuable role in reducing crime, solving community safety issues, reassuring the public, responding to emergencies, even saving lives.

And, in return, Special Constables receive excellent training and a wealth of opportunities and experience.

Potential recruits must be between 18 and 62 years old and be able to devote a minimum of 16 hours per month to their duties. Although unpaid, all expenses are reimbursed.

If you are interested in joining and want to know more, please contact Peter Mould at Watford Police Station on 01923 472576 or click here to visit our website

If you need to reply by email my address is:

Regards, Emma Cowie Press and PR Officer Neighbourhood Watch

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